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15 acid attacks per week in Britain, with 73% of them taking place in London

The United Kingdom’s surge of the previously unheard of phenomenon of acid attacks has seen an average of 15 a week over the past three years, with the vast majority taking place in the crime-struck capital.

There were 2,602 acid attacks in Britain between January 2015 and May 2018, according to government figures accessed by The Mirror.

Comparing that figure, the newspaper notes that between 2007 and 2011 there were just 100 such attacks, or just one a fortnight over the period.

The paper also reports instances of particular attacks that have taken place in recent years, some of which have child victims [READ MORE HERE]

French Police Deploy Machine Guns with Live Ammunition to Yellow Vest Protests

French riot police (CRS) are alleged to have begun deploying assault rifles with live ammunition for the first time during the ninth weekend of protest in a row by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement.

French officers were caught on video brandishing what appeared to be Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles on the streets of the French capital near the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday, the Daily Mail reports.

Several users on Twitter posted other pictures of officers armed with rifles, with one user claiming he had counted at least a dozen armed officers at around 3 p.m. near the famous [READ MORE HERE]

Malta Admits German NGO Boats Loaded With Migrants

After weeks of waiting, 49 North African refugees on two rescue vessels have received permission to disembark.

Germany has agreed to accept 60 refugees in total amidst ongoing political wrangling within the EU.

Malta has announced that two German NGO rescue ships will be allowed to enter port after being stuck in limbo for weeks in the Mediterranean.

The Sea Watch 3 and the Professor Albrecht Penck rescued 49 North Africans in danger of drowning on December 22 and December 29 respectively. But the ships, which sail under German flags, weren’t allowed to land as Germany and other EU nations wrangled about where [READ MORE HERE]

Austrian Chancellor Removes Radical Mosques and Imams

Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor and the world’s youngest leader at 31-years-old, announced Friday that he would shut down seven mosques and deport up to 60 Turkish backed radical imams and their families back to their homelands due to breaches of a law that bans ‘political Islam’.

The imams facing expulsion are all accused of receiving foreign capital.

The move taken by the 31-year-old Chancellor and Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party has enraged Turkish officials in Ankara.

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesperson for the Turkish president, slammed Kurz in a tweet, saying that, “Austria’s decision to shut down numerous mosques and deport imams with [READ MORE HERE]